Logical Reasoning Basics – How to solve coin picking / matchstick related problems?

May 31st, 2017 by

In this post, we will learn how to solve Logical Reasoning Problems based on coins and matchsticks picking puzzles. To understand how exactly these kinds of puzzles look like, let’s start the post with a very simple example. The method to solve the example will give better insight so as to how to approach these puzzles. Two smart players A and B are playing a coin game in which they can pick up 1, 2, 3 or 4 coins. They have 78 coins and the player who picks the last coin will lose the game. A and B play alternately and A plays the first move. How many coins should A pick at first so h

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What ‘V for Vendetta’ can teach you about vocab for CAT, IIFT, XAT and other exams

May 29th, 2017 by

There are a few good ways to ace through the verbal section of the CAT or any exam like IIFT, XAT, SNAP etc. but the most entertaining one is to watch movies. Now after reading this, please don’t throw your books away and watch all the movies (and TV series of course) from your college collection neatly arranged alphabetically on your hard disk. But of you have the time, or if you like watching movies, this can be a good way to enhance your lexicon (meaning your vocabulary (vocab) of course!) While in college, there was this friend of mine who watched movies once with the subtitles an

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Logical Reasoning Basics – Binary Logic – Liar, Truth Teller, and Alternator

May 24th, 2017 by

In a series of posts, we are going to cover the basics of some DI/LR topics. The first topic of discussion is Binary Logic. In a binary logic problem, we have people who either speak a true statement or a false statement. These people are divided into three categories: Truth-teller: This person will always speak the truth. All the statements made by this person are true. Liar: This person will always tell a lie. All statements made by this person are false. Alternator: This person always alternates between the truth and the lie. If first statement of this person is true, then se

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Words with Similar Meanings and Subtle Differences

May 19th, 2017 by

In the series on confusing words (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) we looked at words that sound similar or look similar but mean different things. There is another class of words you should be careful about - these are words that are often used interchangeably (and wrongly at that, I must add). This generally leads to bad writing than bad comprehension when used. You do not need to look far away for instances of not knowing the difference between these similar sounding words. Just ask any MBA aspirant whether have any preferences for specialization and a lot of them say ‘Marketing’. Just

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What ‘Exasperating farrago of distortions’ and Shashi Tharoor can teach you about Vocabulary Preparation for CAT

May 12th, 2017 by

A couple of days ago, 'The Republic' was unleashed on India and my opinion about Arnab as a journalist is quite similar to my opinion about Chetan Bhagat as a writer. But then, who am I to question or even criticize the role-model of the masses. During the last week, a role-model of the classes came under fire - Mr. Dr. Shashi Tharoor. There are allegations of wrongdoing about his involvement in the death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar. Somehow, the very serious allegations were ignored and what caught the attention of social media in general, twitterati in specific, was Shashi's reactionary

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Words from Books and RC Passages

May 12th, 2017 by

In one of the earlier posts on this blog, we had discussed the important books for CAT preparation and how reading helps with tackling the verbal ability section. If you go through a lot of the reading comprehension passages asked in exams you will realize they are similar in tone to these books or newspaper articles and that is why reading helps. But just reading will not help. To really shave off time required in answering a question (especially in RCs) it is best if you know what the words mean eliminating the need to guess or take time to understand what the passage is talking about

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Difficult to understand words from news, politics and society

May 3rd, 2017 by

If you are a regular consumer of news, there are a lot of words that people keep using especially on social media - nationalist, feminist, racist, etc. You may have heard of these words, but do you know what these actually mean? In this post, we will look at some of the most popular ‘-isms’ doing rounds these days. The idea is to better understand the meaning and usage so that you can use it in the correct manner. unlike news channel panelists or social media revolutionaries. A more important reason is as an aspirant you must be clear with these terms. You may find these words in

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